“A Respectable Actress” by Dorothy Love is a stand alone novel, and the first one that I have read by this author. I received it from the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction Guild, who sent me “The Girl From the Train”.
I really enjoyed this book! Two for two, Fiction Guild! Mainly, it was an intriguing mystery in historical setting, but there is a little bit of romance thrown in. I appreciated that it wasn’t predictable, and had many plot twists that were creative.
India Hartley (what a cool name!) is an actress on tour with a company since her own father’s company went bankrupt. The tour was performing Savannah, Georgia at the time when her co-worker was shot onstage, and she became a top suspect.
Philip Sinclair is the lawyer hired to defend India in her case, but he has a history of his own. After his unhappy wife’s death, he has worked to build his law practice and rebuild his plantation on St. Simon’s Island.
I loved the history in this story, especially in regards to the setting of Savannah and St. Simon’s. I was also really drawn to India’s character, and found myself rooting for her innocence to win out in court. The plot didn’t become slow at any point for me, and nearly every chapter ended with a cliff-hanger (which is a little annoying, but does at least keep you reading), even though many of them were false alarms. Overall, I would totally recommend this book, and might even read it again. This makes a great Christmas present.
Thank you so much to the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction Guild for picking out this book for me to read and review. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and all opinions are my own.